08-22-2008, 05:10 PM
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Well, keep in mind that if you choose to keep the ray, he is your responsibility. Rays are wild caught creatures that have not been bred in captivity and often live over 20 years. Anything that may happen from poor husbandry is on your conscience.
On the other hand, I would kill for a ray, and if I had a basement, I would get one. My friend is moving to a house in Taiwan with an indoor koi pond which she intends to keep rays in instead. Perfect place for them!
It's time to start planning, saving and doing *lots* of research. This is going to be an expensive pet.
The best way to build your own mega tank is to make most of it out of plywood sealed with aquarium safe sealant. Most people build it with a glass "window" on one side, but since rays like such wide aquariums, and are best viewed from above, I'd probably build it more like a pool, with wood sides to be viewed from above. Perhaps check out some of the "touch pools" in aquariums for inspiration?